Marina Isgro, Associate Curator, Media and Performance Art

Marina Isgro joined the Hirshhorn as Associate Curator in March 2020 and is responsible for the Museum’s collection of media and performance art.

She is the curator of Laurie Anderson: The Weather (Sept. 2021–July 2022), the artist’s largest US museum exhibition to date, and the forthcoming John Akomfrah: Purple (Oct. 2022–April 2023). She also curated the online video series In the Beginning: Media Art and History (Oct.–Dec. 2020) and Lost in Place: Voyages in Video (May–July 2021), and co-curated the pan-Smithsonian series Viewfinder: Women’s Film and Video from Smithsonian Collections (Jan.–Dec. 2021). She has brought works by Steffani Jemison, Sondra Perry, and Jacolby Satterwhite into the museum collection.

Prior to joining the Hirshhorn, she served as Nam June Paik Fellow at the Harvard Art Museums, where she curated Nam June Paik: Screen Play (2018) and contributed to Crossing Lines, Constructing Home: Displacement and Belonging in Contemporary Art (2019–20). She previously held fellowships and internships at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Guggenheim Museum.

Isgro has presented her work on time-based media at the College Art Association’s annual conference, the MIT List, and the Institute of Contemporary Art Philadelphia, among other institutions. She has published peer-reviewed articles in Art Journal and Tate Papers. She earned her MA and PhD in art history from the University of Pennsylvania, spending a year as a Fulbright scholar in Milan, and her BA from Princeton University.